We need you on that wall

Published 10:06 pm Friday, August 28, 2009

Over the course of the next few weeks, final preparations for pink – a women’s magazine published by the Demopolis Times – will be underway.

The wheels have already been set in motion for the second installment of our quarterly production and we’re looking forward to presenting it to our readers.

The fall edition will include many of the same features as the first. We’ll spotlight a local businesswoman. We’ll feature the redecorating efforts of a local home. We’ll have the latest seasonal fashion trends and we’ll have a tasteful seasonal recipe.

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The focus of the fall edition of pink, however, will be breast cancer awareness.

We plan to spotlight local survivors, local families and local ladies whose lives have been touched by the disease.

As a feature in this edition of the magazine we plan to unveil a “Breast Cancer Wall of Honor.”

This wall will include the names of local women who have been afflicted by the disease. Some of these women will be survivors. Others will be casualties.

Much attention, and rightfully so, is given to survivors. However, many women each year lose their fight with the disease. It is through their treatments and their struggles that doctors also learn more about the cancer. Even a lost bout with cancer can help thousands and millions of others win their individual fights.

Those battles, while unsuccessful, are courageous. Each fight, successful or otherwise, is another part of the framework in eradicating the disease.

For $10, you can have the name of your loved one listed on the Wall of Honor. After publication, the Demopolis Times will make a donation toward breast cancer research in honor of those on the Wall.

Millions, probably billions, of dollars has been allocated to breast cancer and research over the years. Honestly, it will probably take at least that much more before we arrive at a cure.

Every dollar, every nickel and every penny is just one step closer to the goal.

I hope those of you who know someone who has been touched by this disease will place their name on the Wall, both honoring their memory and taking another step toward wiping out breast cancer.

A form for the Wall is located inside this edition. If you have further questions, you may call me at 289-4017 or visit me in my office at 315 East Jefferson Street in Demopolis.

Jason Cannon is publisher of the Demopolis Times.